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Obama’s natal Chiron and The Bridge

As you may know, Chiron’s position in the natal chart of President Barack Obama @ 5Pis19 Rx (in 1st house of Self) indicates that his Chiron Return is upcoming now that transiting Chiron has entered Pisces, and it will be a doozy of a time with five hits, as listed below.

And since Astrology terms Chiron ‘The Bridge’ between Saturn (the past) and Uranus (the future), the bridge analogy is a perfect title and concept for a book on Mr. Obama as The Bridge, a book that ‘all of Washington’ is said to be reading these days. Or at least, I heard recently on C-SPAN that ‘everyone’ is reading it.

Chiron the Centaur: half man/half beast, a catalyst linking earthly and spiritual natures into something entirely new and different:

Uniting past with future is the ‘be here now’ admonition of astrological Chiron, a celestial body discovered in November 1977, and which will experience its own ‘Return’ to discovery degree (3Tau08) three times in the years 2027 and 2028. Above you see my fanciful illustration of Chiron’s Return on a mystical night.

Plus, you’ll remember that on Election Day 2008, Saturn (past; tradition) and Uranus (future; progress) were exactly opposing one another as in the news and in Astrology discussions we heard debates on which planet represented Mr. Obama! Is he status quo or radical reformer? they asked. With his natal Saturn in its own sign of Capricorn, I suspected he was a mixture of both – but with leanings toward the status quo. His 1st house Chiron is where these principles meet…or collide.

In its approximate 50/51-year cycle, Chiron returns to natal position around the age of 50. Here are the dates of the Chiron Return/s of President Obama:

1. May 21, 2011
2. June 27, 2011 Rx
3. Feb 26, 2012
4. Oct 19, 2012 Rx
5. Dec 10, 2012 (oh-so-near the end of the Mayan Calendar!)

Oh, and I should mention that the president was born during a Chiron/Pluto opposition which relates on one level to plutonic, atomic, or nuclear structures. Barbara Hand Clow says that Chiron opposite Pluto gives ‘full expression’ to both bodies as Pluto probes the depths of the subconscious mind and Chiron “continually brings in the higher self to keep Pluto going.”

Clow also states in her book ‘Chiron: Rainbow Bridge Between the Inner and Outer Planets’ that Chiron and Pluto ‘like working together’ and that their opposition indicates one who is “incapable of leading a simple or trivial life.”

Hmmm…’Rainbow Bridge’ sounds a little like the civil-rights-inspired Rainbow Coalition, doesn’t it? And if I had to guess who fulfills the guru function in the president’ s life these days (Chiron in 1st house in mystical Pisces), it would be VP Joe Biden.

Well, given his rise from obscurity to his subsequent residency in the White House, I suspect ‘The Bridge’ might agree with such an assessment of President Barack Obama.


Using: Barack Obama born Aug 4, 1961 @ 7:24 pm AHST, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Written by Jude Cowell

May 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Chiron and Sun/Venus

Master astrologer Zane Stein, an early watcher of and author on Chiron, has written an informative article which reveals the importance of the Sun/Venus cycle and Chiron which you will find intriguing for the Mars/Venus relationship is also involved.

Mr. Stein predicts that much more about Chiron will soon come to light…that what we think we know of the Wounded Healer archetype in an Astrology chart is only the mere tip of a vast iceberg.

You remember the Sabian Symbol of Chiron’s Nov 1, 1977 discovery degree, right?

From Dane Rudhyar’s ‘An Astrological Mandala’…

‘4 Taurus’: “The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow”…Keynote: Riches that come from linking the celestial and the earthly natures.

This refers to “the bridge used by divine beings to communicate with mortals.”

Rudhyar goes on to note that the rainbow is symbol of universally valid wealth: “All wealth, in a very real sense, comes from “commerce”; i.e. from the commingling of minds and from contracts, and thus is based on faith in the validity of a promise.”

Now if we can find some residual faith in commerce and the Fed – our faith now in tatters since today’s revelation of the Fed’s lying to us last Fall about banks being sound – we should be able to move on with new commercial pursuits and ‘bridge’ this economy back together for us mere mortals in spite of a deceptive upper class who imagine themselves to be ‘immortal beings’ deserving of all the world’s wealth because they know how to work the system they invented to enrich themselves while keeping the lower classes enslaved in debt and penury.

Abraham Lincoln’s 200th anniversary

Yes, it will soon arrive, the 200th anniversary of the birth of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

There is much to say on the subject of his inaugurations and on his assassination by actor, John Wilkes Booth, and I am currently studying the Inauguration charts for 1861 and 1865.

But for now I shall point you to the sidebar column of Pages for  ‘Abraham Lincoln: natal + assassination chart’ which I have updated today with an article link to Byron King’s assessment of Booth, Booth’s grudge against tyrants and Mr. Lincoln, and the horrific proceedings which occurred a mere month after Lincoln’s second inauguration on March 4, 1865.

As you know, Lincoln was inaugurated back in the day when US presidential inaugurations were held in early March, thus the Sun in mid-Pisces was conjunct a difficult star, Achernar…keywords: ‘risk of rapid endings; crises.’

In 1861, Sun 14Pis11 (‘the leader’ in a national chart; and Moon = ‘the people’) was conjunct wounded Chiron 14Pis34 at the inauguration’s Midheaven. 

Chiron in *Pisces is a poster child for race relations and racism – and for being a victim on behalf of the collective, but of course Chiron was an unknown factor in Astrology until it’s discovery in November 1977.

Moon 16Gem38 is in the secretive 12th house conjunct warring activist Mars 17Gem15; rebellious chaos-creator Uranus 25Gem25 had just risen (at noon of Mar 4, 1865; Washington DC); ASC 2Can41 brought US natal Venus to the fore (based on US natal chart, ‘Sibly’ version) along with planet Venus’ issues such as: relationships, art-theater-aesthetics, money, and values.

My plan for the next several days is to publish both inaugural charts of Abe Lincoln  (1861 and 1865) – prior to Feb 12 – at Stars Over Washington, and the feed for the post will appear in the sidebar column here when I get the project done.

So I hope you’ll check out Byron King’s article – it’s definitely worth a read – and I’ll see you on the come-back!


Note: scroll down for the text of Lincoln’s second inaugural address which is linked on this blog under ‘Speeches’ – the address is one that Barack Obama studied before giving Jan 20, 2009’s inaugural address.

*Pres. Obama’s natal Chiron is in Pisces.

UPDATE Feb 11 2009: now published at Stars Over Washington (see feed in sidebar) –  the Inauguration 1861 chart with notations added of the 1865 Inauguration, Lincoln’s natal planetary placements, and America’s natal placements, too.

Or try this direct link:


Kristallnacht 70 years later

Kristallnacht,: 70 Years On:
Sound of Broken Glass Still Echoes from Nazi Atrocity

By Ciaran Walsh

Kristallnacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass, occurred on November 9th
and 10th in 1938. The two nights of state-backed…


Here is a post concerning Kristallnacht with article links and my original post link where I give a few astrological details for November 1938 including Chiron in Cancer. As the above article by Ciaran Walsh states, the ‘Night of Broken Glass’ actually occurred over two nights:


McCain’s Sagittarian Jupiter

Having the planet Jupiter (expansion; ideals; gambling; pushing one’s luck; faith; universal consciousness; nobility; where one perceives the unmanifest) in its own sign exalts and strengthens the jolly planet of increase.

Natally, John McCain (Aug 29, 1936) has Jupiter in the 2nd house of Earning Ability and Values (Taurus’ natural house) yet near the 3rd house cusp (17Sag28) so we may expect Jupiter’s expansive qualities to affect 3rd house Communications; Short Trips; the Lower Mind since Jupiter rules 3rd house.

So Jupiter exalted – nice, but Jupiter opposite his natural house (9th) may be part of McCain’s inability to express his own religious beliefs. Shaman Chiron (the wound; the blindspot) is in 9th house of the Higher Mind.

Jupiter is involved in some aspects of interest as well as being the focal or apex planet in a T-square:

Jupiter opposite Chiron: ‘the wizard’; intense resonance with multi-dimensional realities; occult perception that understands the essence of matter and the physical laws of the universe; a laser beam mind. (‘Chiron,’ Hand Clow.)


Saturn-Neptune = Jupiter: very upset with the ways of the world; easily upset or depressed; narrow-mindedness; sensitivity; egoism; possible liver disease (Tyl; Ebertin.)

In his excellent book, ‘Dynamics of Aspect Analysis’, Bil Tierney gives apex Jupiter in a T-SQ as one who is in search for life’s higher meaning and who is encouraged to learn tolerance, acceptance, and charitability if he is to develop a personal belief system that does not have to be defended from social attack.

This is part of his constant apology stance which began with the Keating Five affair – McCain was the senator who spilled the beans and apologized all over the place for his ‘misjudgment.’

Apex Jupiter in a MUTABLE T-square indicates one who restlessly flits from ideals, philosophy, or theory and who is a ‘guru-chaser’; the urge is for instant wisdom or speedy enlightenment; a central problem is a desire to aquire special privileges and benefits without exerting much effort to merit them (perfect for Politics!); commitment to ideologies may be diffcult to sustain over an extended period of time; a ‘roving’ spirit that seeks variety; partnership conflicts may be triggered by indecisiveness and irresponsibility – conflicts then tend to be ignored, side-tracked, or ‘wished away.’

So the vacillation of the Mutable quality is amplied here by Jupiter. But if used constructively, this apex Jupiter can indicate an exceptional teacher, intelligent administrator, and one who acts as an enlightened political spokesperson for the populace.

For McCain’s misjudgment issues, let’s look at his Jupiter square Saturn and Jupiter square Neptune…

Jup SQ Saturn (in Pisces – a karmic planet in a karmic sign – regret over past mistakes): may exercise faulty judgment esp in relation to finances and business affairs which cause problems in the profession; humility; resistance encountered from superiors and may endure indignities for the sake of job security; early lack of confidence from the father; no easy road to victory; bittersweet destiny; may over-promise or sign contracts beyond limits of abilities; inner conflicts within one’s moral outlook – principle vs expediency.

Jup SQ Neptune: the ‘builds castles in the air’ aspect; very creative but needs self-discipline to use effectively; over-extends self; clouded vision, lines of reason distorted; open to deception; can be ‘the fall guy’ when rules are broken esp when dealing with classified info; unconsciously reveals secrets when speaking; religious or occult discussions should be avoided due to temperamental inability to defend positions; over-indulgence causes problems; prone toward romantic escapades; wooliness and gullibility when dealing with harsh realities; dream world leads to rude awakening.

Mars trine Jupiter: physical resources well-integrated (this helps him now with physical pains which would have keeled over most other guys by now); very energetic; talent plus luck; an honorable temperament; ‘easy come easy go’ attittude may cause carelessness in money issues; political talent; an optimist; an opportunist.

Alan Oken gives this trine as: ‘The True Believer’ and says it confers a practical interest in religious and philosophical matters. (If so, McCain ain’t sayin’ much about it.)

With Mercury in head-strong Aries, the senator announced his presidential candidacy on Feb 28, 2007 – on the David Letterman Show – in the midst of his last Jupiter Return which was a three-fer all through 2007: Feb 7; June 4; Oct 6.

So what does *Jupiter in fiery Sag confer?

In its own sign, Jupiter may express his essential nature most purely although he is still modifed by aspects, house placements, etc, as mentioned above. Lack of a strong Saturn increases these tendencies…I say this because Saturn is problematic in Watery Pisces.

Yet Saturn in Pisces = ‘stillness of spirit’ and supports McCain’s mystical interests.

Jup in Sag people are the positive thinkers of the world, the visionaries and dreamers (ex: Dale Carnegie, John Templeton; William Blake; Vincent van Gogh; Phil Donahue; Hillary Clinton.) Since Jupiter tends to feed upon himself, the expansive tendencies are even more prominent when placed in Sagittarius, sign of The Seeker.

Cautions would be arrogance and hypocrisy – but these are two traits Politics would be lost without.

Is America in for another political ‘bubble world’? White House occupancy creates them anyway as does Capitol Hill – for distant realms are the natural habitat for this idealistic Jupiter. At its best, there are tolerance and broad-mindedness, but there is a reliance upon self-justification (the afore-mentioned ‘apology tactic’ successfully employed with the Keating Five scandal and also concerning his MLK Day apology…apologizing is an integral part of his strategy.)

Possessing a noble character, a high moral tone may be adopted when disapproving of others. The Good News: there is profound power for taking positive actions.

However John McCain expresses his exalted Jupiter we know that the dynamics in his natal chart – in his psyche – are greatly enhanced and increased by his Sagittarian Jupiter.

But exactly what far-reaching Quest the man is on and how it will affect the American people – those are the real questions concerning Jupiterian candidate John McCain.


partial notes on Jupiter from ‘Exploring Jupiter: Progress, Prosperity, and Potential’ by Stephen Arroyo.

John McCain’s natal chart with a few notes may be seen here:


Check Pages list in sidebar for notes on the Airy natal Jupiter of Barack Obama.

Beijing Olympics open: Sun Leo-Moon Scorpio

Lonely Wanderer by jude cowell

Lonely Wanderer by jude cowell

This has been a busy ‘real world’ week around here and my blogs are suffering some smidge of neglect.

But I have peeked at the horoscope for Friday’s Opening ceremony in Beijing, China, 8:00 pm AWST (or is it really 8:08 pm on 8.08.08?) and I see that Pisces, sign of the Two Fishes, is rising and Sun is in mid-Leo (the Lion Point) with a Scorpio Moon nearing mid-Scorpio, the Eagle Point.

Obvious references may be made to nations such as US as ‘the Eagle’ and France or Britain as ‘the Lion.’  China’s symbol is the Dragon – in Astrology, the Nodal axis, with North Node (the head of the Dragon) now conjunct Chiron in Aquarius, and yet the rising Fishes may apply, too, especially with Olympic swimming competitions scheduled. (Pluto also moonlights as ‘the Dragon.’)

Images for Integration for this Sun-Moon blend are interesting because of August 1’s Total Solar Eclipse, the path of which ended in central China. Ongoing earth tremors are brought to mind as well with an Eclipse in the neighborhood, but I’m focusing here on the Olympics:

“The conception of a divine child takes place during a total eclipse of the sun…A fateful, passionate love affair between the queen and a mysterious, wandering peasant.” (‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign,’ Chas & Suzi Harvey.)

One thing the first image puts me in mind of is China’s reputed changing of some of their young athletes ages on passports to make them appear to be 16, the age they should be during the year of competition, along with the obvious timeliness of the image pointing to the August Eclipse.

The second image sounds like it’s behind closed (palace?) doors so I’m not peeking in there, yet I will add an image of my drawing, Lonely Wanderer, because it was inspired by an I Ching hexagram and a vision of Chiron leaving his cave – a possible symbol of China’s “coming out” into the world with the Beijing Olympics and centuries of knowledge and wisdom under its sash!

Chalmers Johnson on the Military Industrial Complex

When I can read it without feeling as if my brain will explode, I pick up my copy of Chalmers Johnson’s ‘The Sorrows of Empire’ and delve into US imperialism.

A glance at the book’s cover reveals a line from a Los Angeles Times review which states that the book is, “Impressive…A powerful indictment of US military and foreign policy” and the subtitle is: ‘Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic.’

You may know Mr. Johnson as the author of another best-seller, ‘Blowback’ – another way of saying that nations, too, reap what they sow.

Open ‘The Sorrows of Empire’ and you find a Prologue which begins with the words of George W. Bush, “Our nation is the greatest force for good in history.” (August 31, 2002)

Chalmers states from the start that most Americans are ignorant of the fact, due to govenmental secrecy, that the US “garrisons the globe” and he goes on from there with an amazingly well-researched argument meant to wake us up to what’s going on – the soldiers, spies, technicians, teachers, dependents, and civilian contractors that make up our imperial empire. (Is that redundant? Aren’t all empires imperial?)

Therefore I read with interest the following article by Mr. Johnson who has been banging the wake-up gong for years now on behalf of our changing nation and you may wish to read it, too:


The Military-Industrial Complex

It’s Much Later Than You Think

By Chalmers Johnson

Successive administrations and Congresses have made no effort to alter the CIA’s
role as the president’s private army, even as we have increased its incompetence
by turning over many of its functions to the private sector. We have thereby heightened
the risks of war by accident, or by presidential whim.


Ah, yes – imperialism – one of those Pluto/Chiron -isms I keep harping on (like, terroism)…especially in, but not limited to, this post on Cheney’s Secondary Progressed chart (physical plane) set for Sept 11, 2001 – with his Sec Pluto/Chiron midpoint precisely at the Aspiration Point of his chart.

Even in black and white, it’s difficult to believe until you see it with your own peepers:


And be sure to read the midpoint pictures I wrote out for you in the chart’s center.

Neptune-Pluto’s karmic septile dance

Generational, slow-moving Neptune and Pluto, these days traversing off and on in septile aspect (51 degr 26 mins) with one another, have karmic implications for mankind which I discuss here:


Inspired by the works of Dane Rudyar, Michael Meyer, and the Harmonic work of John Addey, the post includes the dates of the Great Conjunction of Neptune and Pluto which began the cycle of their current dance…a slow, passionate tango, I think, but perhaps occasionally breaking into a jitterbug.

Or perhaps we’re the jitterbugs!

Neptune-Pluto’s third conjunction of April 30, 1882 is the horoscope I use (inspired by the work of Alan Meece) as the ‘Generation of Materialism’ chart – or you could call it the natal chart of the Robber Barons when the real plundering began.

Ah, the 1890s…choo chooo! Hear that train whistle blow and the telegraph tap. And of course there’s Neptune’s representation of oil and gas, and Pluto’s underworld, underground, tunnel and cave linkage…where the goodies are hidden.

An out-of-personal-control septile aspect has a fated or karmic flavor and is an aspect of the 7th Harmonic. It represents in its deepest essence the very cosmos itself, and links the transcendent with the personal (which is also a function of experiential Chiron who says: Be Here NOW! Then there’s karmic Saturn and Uranus, The Witness, but that’s for another post.)

 With Neptune now in Aquarius and Pluto having returned to Sagittarius – but soon to re-enter Capricorn – the aspect between these two lumbering giants is waning, a condition of a septile aspect which is given by Michael Meyer as:

“The use of intuition and understanding as a means of envisioning and achieving the fulfillment of one’s destiny.” (‘The Astrology of Relationship,’ Michael R. Meyer.)

Sounds good to me! Where can I get me some o’that intution and understanding? Perhaps Astrology will see a resurgence of popularity…or is already in large part due to the internet. Plus, the Sabian Symbol oracle of word pictures for each of the 360 degrees helps in this evolutionary endeavor.

(You’ll find the Geminian Sabian Symbol for the 1892 Great Conjunction in the above-linked post and synchronistically enough, it’s where gold-loving Midas is transiting NOW in sometimes duplicitous Gemini. This reminds me of “two sets of books” accounting but today’s wheeler dealers seem to have several sets, don’t they?)

Actually if you’re the sort of person who isn’t tied to the “this is all there is” model of science – materialism as world view – the use and study of Astrology is the greatest tool I know for peeking under the hood of the cosmos and for delving into one’s psyche in holographic fashion.

H7 (how I refer to the 7th Harmonic though some use ‘7H’) includes aspects: 102 degr 52 mins, and 154 degr 17 mins, so if you have any of these aspects in your natal chart you may find a sense of karmic fatedness connected to the planets involved in the areas of the Houses where the planets appear. The influence then boomerangs to other Houses and planets which resonate to the septiled planets like ripples on the pond of life.

So do I, your reluctant astrologer, have a septile natally? Yes, between Mercury and Chiron, and there has been karma in relation to children (Mercury) and in some other areas of life (Houses) that I haven’t fully sussed out yet, communication and siblings being the more obvious ones to consider. But my story isn’t quite done being written, dawg.

What was the catch phrase of a few years ago?  Ah yes – ‘God isn’t finished with me yet.’

But I’m finished – with this post!

Heart check for Dick Cheney 7.12.08

Having now published the natal chart of Dick Cheney (Jan 30, 1941, 7:30 pm cst, Lincoln, NE) at Stars Over Washington with this morning’s transits for 9:30 am edt, Washington DC, when transiting cusps were same as his natal cusps, you may wish to check out the connections to Cheney’s natal chart in light of his ongoing health issues and reported medical appointment this morning.


Inadvertently left out of the article is a transiting midpoint, Sun/Neptune (frailty; illness; sensitivity; water concentrations in cells; susceptibility; drug use) which is affecting the vp’s natal conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and so a couple of midpoint pictures are thus formed for the day…

Sun/Neptune = Jupiter: optimism in spite of little vitality; enjoying pleasant things in life in spite of illness; achievement of success with little exertion; possible overindulgence.

Sun/Neptune = Saturn: emotional struggle or pain; concerns about the blood; impeded blood circulation; bad or unhealthy blood; inhibitions through physical disability.

Sounds like it might have been time today for a transfusion, doesn’t it?

We may also reciprocally use these pictures…

Jupiter/Saturn = Sun: moodiness through disturbances in liver function.

Jupiter/Saturn = Neptune: pessimism; feeling abandoned.

Chiron, Aesculapia, and Hygeia are health indicators and all are present as you’ll see.

Plus, you’ll find that the article linked above has a few more health and medical issues to relate if you’ll only but click the link provided – and it’s unnecessary to know any ‘astrologese’ at all for it’s written in my first language, English.

America’s 232nd birthday hurrah-h- – –

America’s fireworks supply has been all but cut off but meanwhile China has its own problems.

Another fork-tailed G-8 Summit overlooms our heads: elite celebrators, poor things with so much to Deal With and all. Global financial collapse is only a part of the agenda but the woe-unto-us play must be performed. Behind the curtain, chaos is engineered so that rebirth may occur.

Like all mortals, these monsters are born in some dark, upper northeastern pumpkin patch so soon to be ice crystal-laced and frosted amid autumn winds whipping down from Canada.

America, my only nag in the race, is hobbled and maimed as her soldiers so brave and foolhardy as to trust a shady oilman in the White House KNOWING that the commander-in-chief’s position, one of the few of our idealistic concepts upon which we base our American identity–knowing that a civilian personage will be directing, or in Bush43’s case – misdirecting, them toward his every whim, quioxtic notion, and plan of plunder.

Or, using a wider perspective, the ‘secret hand’ which pulls the strings and works in tandem with the USA’s secret or shadow government ( = Saturn/Neptune -> natally at MC in the US chart July 4, 1775; 5:10 pm LMT; aka Sibly chart…*Sat/Nep = MC: materialism vs idealism; undermining circumstances; renunciations; suffering; emotional depression; seniors, the poor and/or the ill; a peculiar character; capitulating to the demands of the environment totally; giving up; an odd loss of ambition; moodiness) is on the march toward goose stepping innocent people over a cliff of cold-hearted totalitarianism, a Pluto/Chiron -ism of anguish undergirded with the few who believe they merit a higher bunk because they can.

Well, I want to blurb a bit on America’s Solar Return 2008, effectively exact this evening of July 4 at 7:13:32 pm EDT, Capitol Building, Washington DC.

In Asian markets today, oil may be nearing $150 barrel, so we’ll see about that. Peak oil, you say?

And as noted last evening, the major banks of Europe have pulled the plug on America…the noose is tightening fast, as per their plans. If we’re soon parted, Lone Reader, it may be a question of survival in the region which has always tended to suffer from being situated in the (lovely) southeastern US.

Wish someone could keep Bush from fouling Thomas Jefferson’s property today. The symbolism is stomach-turning – not that Jefferson was perfection, but he did more for the common man than the Bush dynasty denizens would ever care to do.

With her Solar Return Sun in 7th house of Partnerships and Legal Affairs, the US won’t be in control for the year (until July 4, 2009) so Venus in Cancer accompanies the Sun with 24Gem48 on the Descendant, the 7th house cusp. This is the degree of rebel Uranus’ Discovery in 1781, in the crux of the American and the French Revolutions.

Moon 9Leo02 is in 8th house of Shared Resources, Credit, Debt, Insurance, Legacies, Transformation; Death and Rebirth, hidden matters, and the subconscious. Many levels has life and the Astrology that attempts to describe it in astrologese.

9Leo02 puts the Solar Return (SR) Moon upon George (you’ll find links to a few notes on this and other Eclipses on my Pages list.)

Moon/Mercury = perception; feelings influence thinking; receiving mental stimuli; extension of one’s intellectual horizons; exposure to criticism; exchange of thoughts with females; adaptation; sympathy; family communications; an authoress; young girls; language talents.

The 2008 Solar Return chart for America has her natal Saturn 15Libra at its Midheaven, the Aspiration and Career Point showing America’s Public Standing for the year (Return charts are good for the duration of the orbit, in this case, Earth around Sun.)

Ascending is 24Sag48 with Pluto rising at 29Sag28 Rx, indicating events occurring underground – and at a crisis or critical 29th degree. Actually, Pluto has backed into Sag again for a last hurrah at the “A Pope Blessing the Faithful” degree…and I’m sure he does. But what mission are they fulfilling to be blessed for? Pluto is aka, the saboteur, as you know.

Chart-ruler Jupiter Rx is in 1st house as well – 18Cap02, the NWO degree of Uranus conj Neptune, 1993. It would take more than one entry to cover the subject socio-politically concerning the new cycle of those two transpersonal planets so I must direct you to the ~interweb~ and to the many astrologers’ articles on this heavyweight pair of Sky and Sea. (Mary Shea taught me to ignore Rxs in a Return chart except as transits which will subsequently affect the chart through Stations and House re-entries, ongoing conjs to midpoints, etc.)

Mars and Saturn, not a pleasant combo of energies unless you apply them efficiently to direct or channel energy, are almost conjunct now – Mars 1Vir58 and Saturn 4Vir53 – this stop-go pair is in 8th house with tr SN between them and the Moon in Leo. 8th house cusp 1Leo10 is conj Barack Obama’s n Mercury…he speaks and mega-monies appear?

Mars/Saturn now approach a zodiacal area of difficult stars so archetypal performances may be expected on the world stage of the victim/savior variety as well as debt talk on the campaign trail and in Japan at the G-8 Summit.

Those in the catbird seat are schmoozin’ in Japan.

Mainly, the US Solar Return 2008 contains a representation of our current Jupiter-opposite-natal-Sun transit, a time when no one is impressed and money sources dry up as in Europe now against the US.

Yet this too will pass, and since I’ve previously blathered on about it here and at:


I shall not do so again on this, our nation’s 232nd birthday.

North Node, Chiron, and Neptune, a spiritual and watery trio, is in 2nd house of Earnings and Money so more financial difficulties are on the menu esp if you’re in a flooded area or reside in one needing water such as in California wildfire territories, or the drought-riddled southeast.

With Mercury 22Gem03 hanging around with Bush’s natal Uranus/North Node conj (radical political groups and associations) we have:

Uranus/NN = Mercury: quick comprehension; a speedy assessment of every situation; united in thoughts with others; sharing excited thoughts and plans with others; impetuousness.

Impetuous George! Incurious George. Actually he’s curious about his next Main Chance (use French pronunciation, if you please.)

Bush’s natal Sun is conj Us n Sun, as you know, and the Sun in a national chart is ‘the leader’ so we’re synchronicitously stuck with him and with our own culpabilities in all that’s happened in the last several years as the People’s Mojo has been seriously diverted and undermined by recent social experiments.

Yet I hope we find it again and take back what was set up to be a shared government with checks and balances against coup from monarchical dictatorship…that’s what must be jettisoned.

Well, the Jupiter opposite US Sun is the only applying aspect to SR Sun 2008, so I’ll close for now feeling that this post is incomplete as usual, but as I mentioned you’ll find plenty of other interpretations of America’s Solar Return 2008 (links in sidebar…choose one!)

And now I’ll leave you with the steamy Sun Can/Moon Leo blend’s Images for Integration, uniting conscious mind with the unconscious:

“A child ventures forth from her family to seek her greatness…After serving a sumptuous five-course dinner, the hostess leaves the washing up to her guests while she serenades them on the piano with Moonlight Sonata. ‘ (‘Sun Sign-Moon Sign,’ Chas & Suzi Harvey.)

This blend is shared natally by writer Richard D. Bach who penned:

“It was morning, and the new sun sparkled across the ripples of a gentle sea.”

Sounds lovely for a ‘new sun’ of a Solar Return!

* midpoint pictures: Tyl; Ebertin
~Thanks, TV’s Craig Ferguson~

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The History & Memories of Coyle Clan-folk & Kin

Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.” Teaching children values and giving them the opportunity to excel is essential to good parenting. However, I feel I must also provide my children (and myself) insight into the ones who came before us: our ancestors whose lives and stories have shaped us into who we are. This is my journey; these are their stories…


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Shaking the tree

musings on the journey towards knowing and sharing my family's stories

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